The United States Secretary of State, Mr. Cyrus Vance, heir to the much- travelled Dr.?
GV: United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance down steps of aircraft in Jerusalem.
SCU: Israeli Premier Yitzhak Rabin speaking rostrum on airport tarmac. (In English)
SCUs: Vance speaking from rostrum (In English) and reporters listening. (4 shots)
"RABIN (TRANSCRIPT) SEQ. 2: "I am delighted to welcome here Secretary of State Cyrus Vance and his distinguished company, on his very first official visit to this country as a part of a wider visit to your region. It is a long time since the last agreement was signed between Egypt and Israel, and it is high time that the political momentum should be revived. We are not for political stagnation. On the contrary, we should like to see movement in the area towards peace."
SEQ. 3: VANCE: "I have one simple message -- and that message is that the United States is convinced that a fundamental underlying principle of out search for this peace is the enduring trust and confidence between our two nations, which has been the foundation of our relationship for three decades. Let there be no question -- the U.S. is deeply committed to the security and survival of Israel - to its values. These are objects of peace -- peace which we all devoutly hope for. Thank you."
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Background: The United States Secretary of State, Mr. Cyrus Vance, heir to the much- travelled Dr. Henry Kissinger, has begun his own Middle East tour in Jerusalem -- focus of much of the Arab-Israeli problems of the past thirty years. He arrived in the holy City on Tuesday (15 February) to a welcome by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin -- and promptly committed the United States to the continued survival of Israel.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Vance's tour is part to the broader diplomatic effort to reconvene the Geneva peace conference. Mr. Rabin spoke first.